reverse engineering

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reverse engineering

a situation where a firm obtains a competitor's product so as to disassemble it and from the resultant component analysis decide how to build a similar product.
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Take the case of a portable 3-D laser scanner, which can be used in factories to verify the accuracy of manufactured parts, like auto bodies, and which is also used to reverse-engineer complex objects to create CAD or CAM files.
CAD geometry did not exist for the transmission case, so the Austin Group needed to reverse-engineer the 18 x 14 x 12-in.
Much of my job was to reverse-engineer products of major national brands.